Karl Shapiro, “The Alphabet” The letters of the Jews as strict as flames Or little terrible flowers lean Stubbornly upwards … Continue Reading Karl Shapiro, “The Alphabet”
from Steven Mithen’s The Prehistory of the Mind: The evolution of bipedalism had begun by 3.5 million years ago. Evidence … Continue Reading Walking on Two Feet: The Evolution of Bipedalism
From Steven Mithen’s Prehistory of the Mind: The anthropologist Robin Dunbar looked at the size of the brain of H. habilis … Continue Reading How Picking Fleas Led to the Evolution of Language
From Steven Mithen’s The Prehistory of the Mind: There is good circumstantial evidence that H. habilis [2.1 to 1.5 million years … Continue Reading The Earliest Human Communities
Three passages on prehistoric religion from the book Becoming Human: One of the pervasive themes of [this book] is … Continue Reading Humanity’s Earliest Rituals
from Richard Klein and Blake Edgar’s The Dawn of Human Culture: The Neanderthals are fascinating because they were so … Continue Reading Did Neanderthals Have Language?
Two chapters from the Tao Te Ching, and each in three different translations, on the limitations of even the best … Continue Reading The Great Myths #47: Sacred Language & the Limitation of Words (Taoism)
Rig Veda 10:71: The Origins of Sacred Speech Bṛhaspati! When they set in motion the first beginning of speech, giving … Continue Reading The Great Myths #44: Sacred Language & Two Hymns to Speech (Hindu)